Neurotoxins, also known as Botox and Dysport which we use here at L’image, are injectable solutions that temporarily block nerve receptors in the muscle which prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. This cosmetic treatment has been the #1 nonsurgical procedure since 2000. Neurotoxins work to reduce the appearance of lines that are visible when you are smiling, frowning, or squinting and stops new ones from forming. Both solutions reduce muscle movement and will typically show results in 3-5 days; most patients will find that Botox and Dysport last for approximately 3-6 months. Everyone’s skin is different so there is no specific age when you should start Botox or Dysport. Some people choose to get preventative injectables when they are young to prevent lines from becoming ingrained.
Injectable dermal fillers are used to plump lips, smooth wrinkles and folds, fill-in the under-eye hollows known as tear troughs as well as add volume to cheeks and reduce the appearance of pitted acne scars. While hyaluronic acid is the most popular filler ingredient, they are also made of collagen, hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid and polymethyl methacrylate. Fillers do not provide permanent results so touch-ups are necessary, however they are relatively painless, require minimal downtime and can be easily reversed with hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid, if necessary. Fillers can and are often used alongside other procedures to get the best results. Neuromodulators like Botox or Dysport, for example, make a great combination for same-time injection.
“Beauty isn’t a trend, it’s a process that requires maintenance and upkeep, being educated is the foundation of that process. Assessment, recommendations, risks, goals, expectations, planning… it’s all part of a thorough discussion with your injector that you should have before going through with a procedure.”
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